The Amalfi Coast: Ravello
Our first stop (and possibly our favorite) on the Amalfi Coast was Ravello, a romantic little town with a breathtaking view. We arrived in the late afternoon, jet-lagged and all, ready for our first Italian dinner. We decided to go to Cumpà Cosimo, a small family owned place near the Piazza Duomo, where Nonna is head chef and they’re not afraid to feed you. Seriously, I had an Italian man feed me with his bare hands and tell Casey to leave me with him and he’ll teach me to “cook”. There was a brief moment the movie Taken crossed my mind, but then the family-style pasta plate showed up and it was so worth the awkward appetizer. In fact, it was so delicious that the head chef aka grandmother came out and asked if we’d like seconds…you just can’t find that at Olive Garden.
Plunging into the local culture didn’t take long – we had pizza, wine, and siestas down in no time. We also had a few Mojitos and Nastro Azzurro’s down in no time while relaxing at our hotel’s infinity pool (one of our favorite spots during the day). That night we got fancy and headed to Palazzo Avino’s Lobster & Martini Bar for dinner, which had a view that was incredible to experience at night.
The next day consisted of wandering through Villa Rufolo, attempting to swim at Hotel Caruso’s world famous pool (I say attempt because there are these hotel guest only policy things to get past), and spotting Jason Segel two tables away from us in the Piazza! Casey’s professional paparazzi shot is above…in case you missed it (it’s the picture of a sugar caddy and a used napkin with Jason Segel’s floating head). To top it all off, we ended our last night in Ravello sitting in the gardens enjoying a Pink Floyd Jazz Tribute Concert. This charming romantic little town stole our hearts and set the bar high for the rest of the trip, but it was off to the next town! Stay tuned!